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1(of a shoe) with the heel worn down.
- ‘Some were repellently shabby, with loose, stained suit jackets and down-at-heel black leather shoes, other with the shine of prosperity, plump in spotless waistcoats.’
- ‘And equally, forget about making a good impression in your designer garb if your tie doesn't match or your shoes are down at heel.’
- ‘On the other hand, you could write, of the same individual: His shoes were down-at-heel and his raincoat was streaked with dirt.’
- ‘It has come to imply decrepitude: down-at-heel shoes, wrinkled stockings, woolly hats and trousers kept up by bits of string.’
- ‘Alex Wilson, who worked for Nugget when he first came to the Centre, was a short man, 1.6 metres tall with his down-at-heel boots on.’
- ‘Surely everyone here doesn't just throw their shoes away when they get a little down at heel?’
- ‘Make sure your shoes are well polished and not down-at-heel’
- ‘Chinese servants should not (strictly speaking) appear before their masters in short clothes, nor without socks, nor with shoes down at heel, nor with their tail tied round the head.’
2Having a poor, shabby appearance.‘down-at-heel areas’
run down, dilapidated, in disrepair, neglected, uncared-for, unmaintained, depressedscruffy, shabby, shabbily dressed, poorly dressed, shoddy, ragged, out at elbows, tattered, mangy, sorry, disreputableView synonyms
- ‘Craig and Craig is a bold building both inside and out forging a new initiative in what is essentially a shabby and down-at-heel area.’
- ‘But a far larger slice of her area is in Oakland, the down-at-heel industrial city overshadowed by San Francisco across the bay.’
- ‘If that conjures up an image of a rather down-at-heel East End hall, then think again.’
- ‘A bunch of largely down-at-heel passengers, who had got off with us, searched for a lift that was working.’
- ‘Both are better bets than the rather down-at-heel Caruso Belvedere.’
- ‘Now he lives in Maryland, a teeming, traffic-choked and down-at-heel suburb of Africa's largest city, Lagos.’
- ‘He was spending the summer with his great-uncle and cousins on the outskirts of a down-at-heel Mississippi community inappropriately called Money.’
- ‘Had I gone at 17 I have no doubt I would have been staying in a down-at-heel guest house.’
- ‘Vince Vaughn is Peter, a likeable slacker who runs the down-at-heel Average Joe's Gym.’
- ‘Britain's inner city chroniclers are more chip shop than champagne, but this down-at-heel feel has more of an edge.’
- ‘True to form, the drive from the airport to the city was a fairly depressing affair - Melbourne seemed all industrial and down at heel.’
- ‘Gone is the old and somewhat down-at-heel air of the theatre of yesterday.’
- ‘Like Blackpool or Brighton, Coney Island has that down-at-heel atmosphere of a resort whose time has gone.’
- ‘The rattling, down-at-heel, overcrowded buildings pleased me better than any grassy quad or lancet window.’
- ‘Today Tesco and Sainsbury's local stores are helping to bring up some down-at-heel neighbourhoods.’
- ‘It is just the kind of place where drunks, junkies and the down-at-heel find a warm spot to spend the night.’
- ‘There is not a plush boutique or trendy bar to be seen, and the architecture is down-at-heel.’
- ‘In the film, Reeves plays a luckless, down-at-heel gambler heavily in debt to the bookies.’
- ‘This area is down at heel enough without it being made worse by travellers.’
- ‘Take Sasha and Lena, a young couple living in a typically down-at-heel housing estate on the outskirts of Moscow.’
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